# Puzzles for fun and learning

## Puzzles for fun

Do you play puzzles for fun? I certainly do. Sometimes I solve them successfully, sometimes I do not. In either case, it is a good exercise for the brain. It is also a good discussion topic with family. It would indeed be a great idea to have a ‘puzzles for fun’ time with family and friends.

Playing, in general, is an enjoyable activity for children and grown-ups alike. Playing puzzles for fun also heightens the curiosity level. There are a wide variety of puzzles available in different forms. In the interest of triggering the curiosity of our readers, we bring two puzzles in this article for you to ponder over.

Are you ready to delve into this fun activity?

### Puzzle 1

In the grid shown in figure 1 below, each letter represents a different number – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

In the given positions, A+B+C = C+D+E = E+F+G = G+H+I = 13

What number does E represent? (Note: this puzzle can have multiple solutions, any possible solution is acceptable)

### Puzzle 2

In this puzzle shown in figure 2, each letter represents a number. There are two problems using words – one addition, one subtraction. The answers are given in numbers. The letter S represents the number 4. Using this clue and the answers, can you find out what numbers the other letters represent?

## Play and stay young

The more you play, the more your brain is active. Go ahead, take a break, indulge yourselves with some puzzles for fun on the weekend. Better still – gather your family around and make it a joint activity. It will offer you a much-needed respite from the overload of screen time. Check out our previous article too on the same topic of puzzle-solving.

Until next time, continue to stay curious.

Reference book:

The Great Book of Puzzles and Teasers, George J. Summers, 1994

Featured Image Credits: Jackie Matthews from Pixabay

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#### Dr. Soumya Sreehari

Co-Founder and Specialist at NumberNagar®
Dr. Soumya is an Educator and Researcher with a passion for reading, writing and teaching. She holds a PhD in Chemistry (Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA). Her experience as a student and a teacher in two countries led her to pursue a career in Education. Her core work at NumberNagar® involves quality delivery of product and services at every stage of the customer life cycle. She leads the team that makes this happen. Previously she has taught Chemistry to first year undergraduate students at Michigan Technological University. She is a voracious reader and challenges herself to read 50 books every year.